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TfL has launched a consultation on radical proposals for two new segregated cycle routes which will cross central London from east to west and north to south. London First welcomed TfL’s ambition to improve London’s cycling infrastructure, but expressed concern at the potential impacts on other road users.

About the proposals:

The East-West Cycle Superhighway would start at Tower Hill, where it would connect to the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 3 (CS3), which runs east to Canary Wharf and Barking. From Tower Hill, the new route would run along Lower and Upper Thames Street, Victoria Embankment, across Parliament Square, to Hyde Park Corner and through Hyde Park, across Lancaster Gate and up Westbourne Terrace. From there, it will travel on the Westway Flyover from Westbourne Bridge to Wood Lane and would continue along the A40 Western Avenue as far as Kathleen Avenue, Acton. The design of the section from the Westway to Acton is still being finalised and will be consulted on at a later date. Apart from a short stretch in the Lancaster Gate area and a low traffic street adjacent to Upper Thames Street tunnel, the new Superhighway would be entirely physically segregated.

The North-South Cycle Superhighway would start at Elephant & Castle, where it would connect to the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7 (CS7) at Princess Street. From Elephant & Castle the North-South Cycle Superhighway would run along St. George’s Road, through St. George’s Circus, along Blackfriars Road and cross Blackfriars Bridge before connecting to the proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the River Thames. It is planned to then continue to King’s Cross using New Bridge Street, Farringdon Street, Farringdon Road and quieter backstreet roads. The southern section between Elephant & Castle and Farringdon station would be a largely continuous segregated two-way cycle track. North of Farringdon station, where Farringdon Road is not wide enough for segregation in both directions, the route will use low-traffic back streets and/or segregation in one direction, subject to further consultation with the London Borough of Camden, the highway authority.

TfL’s consultation acknowledges that “our analysis shows the proposals would mean longer journey times for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers along most of the route, both during construction and once complete. There would also be longer journey times for users of many of the roads approaching the proposed route, and longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings.” The schemes would also have some impact on existing kerbside parking and loading along the route.

TfL states that it is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help mitigate the impact of this and other schemes. Pending further details we have raised our concerns about the potential negative impacts of these schemes with TfL and would welcome views from businesses ahead of the close of consultation on 12 October. Subject to consultation, TfL aims to start work early next year with the routes opening in March 2016.

You can find images, maps and further background information on the consultations on the East-West Cycle Superhighway or North-South Cycle Superhighway on the TfL cycling microsite.

Contact: David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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